The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, is on a hot seat, as the Code of Conduct Bureau slams a 13-count charge on him on accusations ranging from range anticipatory declaration of assets to making false declaration of assets.
The Code of Conduct Bureau has accused Bukola Saraki, the Senate president, of false assets declaration. Sahara news reports that, Saraki faces a 13-count charge over the misuse of the state funds for purchasing private assets while serving as Kwara state governor. These allegedly ill-gotten assets where left out in Saraki’s declaration as senate president.
According to Premium Times, the charges against Saraki range from anticipatory declaration of assets to making false declaration of assets.
Apart from this, Saraki, , whose emergence as the Senate president was associated with serious controversy, is said to possess operating foreign accounts during his governorship and senatorial terms.
It is the first time the Code of Conduct Bureau Tribunal has charged a Nigerian official with false assets declaration.
In a swift reaction, the media office of Mr Saraki said the charges were calculated to rubbish him and that he was ready to meet the Code of Conduct Bureau in court to assert his innocence.
We therefore conclude that this is not an anti corruption driven case and cannot be part of the moves aimed at fighting corruption,” the senate president said. “It is simply a pure malicious and politically motivated prosecution aimed at undermining the person and office of the Senate President.
… Those behind this plot will definitely meet Dr. Saraki in court as this case, which is based on outright fabrication and mischief, will not and cannot stand the test of justice.
It is the first time the Code of Conduct Bureau Tribunal has charged a Nigerian official with false assets declaration. However, some Nigerians believe that the embattled president of the senate is being witch-hunted.